About Ian Sharp…
I help people shift their thinking so they can resolve stress and change their experience of the world.
I do this through Mindful Coaching, online courses and guided meditations. I also design and deliver professional development courses for staff in further, higher and adult education.
I began practicing mindfulness and meditation after an experience at work that left me stressed and feeling burnt out. As a manager in a large college of further education at a time of deep change I thought I could deal with whatever life threw at me. This wasn’t true – on my own, I couldn’t. We cannot.
Casting around for a solution I read many self-help books. Initially, my answer seemed to be hypnosis and I trained as a hypnotherapist. In the mid-2000s I was living in Wales and I established a successful practice. Happy, enjoying the trance state, and glad to be free of the conventional world of work.
Around the same time, my soul mate, Jane, became increasingly interested in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and Buddhism (they all overlap – see the FAQ page). I found great benefit in these approaches too and my work evolved to include guided visualisations and other meditative practices.
In 2012 we moved to Milton Keynes. I taught introduction to mindfulness in adult education, while also working as a contract learning designer. My teaching experience, as well as 30 years as a lecturer and tutor working with adults, now informs my coaching and teaching services at Mindful Life.
Mindful Life brings together my best contributions to the world.
Specifically, I am:
A Mindful Coach …
… helping people to shift their thinking so they can resolve stress, avoid or recover from burn-out and change their experience of the world.
An online teacher …
… creating and presenting courses to teach and coach in a different online format. My courses encourage a daily mindfulness practice as well as teaching the theory and practice of mindful living.
A creator of guided visualisations …
… to take you into meditative state. Because these recordings mix voice, music, natural sounds, and binaural beats they are a rapid way of experiencing the benefits of mediation.
While most of my work is delivered online, I am happy to offer mindfulness professional development sessions to staff in further, higher and adult education. I know from my own experience how stressful education can be. If I can contribute to lower stress levels I’ll collaborate with you to do so.
I live in Milton Keynes with Jane and Maisie, the border collie. At 60+, I have realised that my passion and skill with mindfulness and mediation extends far enough to become my living.